Thursday, 4 August 2016

Tanya Burr Martha Moo Luxe Lip Gloss REVIEW and swatches

If you are looking for an affordable liquid lipstick, look no further than Martha Moo from Tanya Burr Cosmetics. 

This £5.99 liquid lip ticks all the boxes when it comes to an affordable, on trend lip colour.  Not only is the shade very much on trend, a very wearable mauvey nude, the formulation is also great. It is a light, whipped texture that wears very well on the lips. It sets down to a completely matte finish, yet does not feel drying at all. It also layers up quite nicely, as it does not cake or bunch up at all.

How does it wear? Pretty damn well. It lasts for hours before starting to wear away ever so slightly in the center of the lips (more so toward the inside of the lips) but I find that with most liquid lips. It is not a problem either as it layers up really nicely, so touch ups are nothing to worry about.

I love the shade as I find it is far easier to wear than a lot of the nude shades going around right now. It is still very on trend but has a lot more pink in it, which makes me slightly less dark and more wearable. If you are slightly paler in complexion I feel this will work really well for you. I find with a lot of these types of shades they end up looking super dark on. Martha Moo pulls enough pink to keep it looking slightly lighter on the lips.

My overall though of the Tanya Burr Luxe Lip Gloss is it is great. Especially for only £5.99. How it feels and wears on the lips compares to liquid lips three times the price. The colour is totally gorgeous, too.

Have you tried the Tanya Burr Luxe Lip Gloss yet? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Thank you for reading!

Zoe x

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

July Favourites

Tanya Burr Matte Lip in Martha Moo // £5.99
Another liquid lip to add to the collection. I am really impressed with the formula of this. It is very long wearing and comfortable on the lips. Not as light as some other liquid lips I have tried but by no means heavy or thick. The colour is beautiful! I feel like it is a great option for those who want that on trend mauvey-nude shade but a lot of them come up too dark (in my case, from being so pale. Weh.) It pulls of the perfect amount of rosy pink and nude at the same time.

Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray // £6.99
I forgot how bloody good this stuff was! For £6.99, I can easily say this is one of the best and most affordable texturising sprays I have tried. I bought this when I first got my hair cut into a lob (almost 2 years ago. Mental.) but the cap broke and I forgot all about it. Well, I picked it up again from Boots and I have totally fallen in love. This is a great option for anyone with super fine hair (Ahem, me) who struggles with their curls staying in place but also wants to add that messy/undone look to your hair. It gives a lot of hold, without being too heavy or stiff in the hair and messes up your hair to that perfectly tousled, textured look. I will say, however, trying to brush this out the next morning is a nightmare and if your hair is particularly dry, this might be a little too much for you. Other than that though, I love it!

B. Hyaluronic Acid Spritz // £7.99
Yet another facial spray. I like this one because it is super hydrating. I love the fact is has hyaluronic acid in it yet it doesn't feel sticky or tacky on the skin at all. I layer this up generously between masks, treatments etc and it works a treat. Great for anyone with dehydrated skin that is looking for an instant boost of moisture.

Topshop Lip Contour Lip Liner // £6.50
I go between thinking this liner makes me look a bit dead and thinking it is the best thing since sliced bread and I want to wear it, and only it, for the rest of my life. I think it is possibly the fact I am not use to wearing this kind of shade that makes me think I look dead. It is far paler than any other lip product I own. I do love it though. I fill in my entire lip with it and usually just leave it there. It is surprisingly comfortable to wear despite being a liner and easy to top up and reapply.

What were your July favourites? Let me know in the comments below!

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Zoe x

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Thursday, 21 July 2016

My Top Base Products (NARS, Bourjois, Laura Mercier, NIOD)

Primer has to go to the Soap and Glory One Heck Of A Blot primer. I use to go for the more silicon based primers, now, the thought kind of makes me cringe. One Heck Of A Blot almost feels like a light lotion when you apply it, it sinks into the skin immediately and disappears. Usually, this would be a big "No-no" for me, as I usually like primers to practically blur out the features on my face when I apply them (hence why I liked silicone based ones). So it doesn't really smooth out/fill in pores or make your skin look flawless immediately but it does make your makeup stay in place all day. And really, isn't that what a primer is for? I have oily skin, so makeup sliding off my face is a main issue for me, alongside going patchy and weird looking throughout the day. The main areas of weird patchyness, would be my chin and between my eye brows, since using One Heck Of A Blot this is not a problem for me anymore. It keeps my makeup in place and smooth all day. I do still get shiny, which I don't really mind as I tend to like a glow to my skin and it is never anything over the fine line of "glow" to "greasy".

For foundation is has to be Bourjois Healthy Mix. You know when something is just good? Well, this is how I feel about Healthy Mix. I love the coverage for a start. It is so buildable and covers well, without looking heavy on the skin. I find it blends in seamlessly and is really easy to layer up for more coverage. It sits lovely on the skin and lasts really well throughout the day (thanks One Heck Of A Blot primer) It gives a natural/dewy finish but again, never anything too intense for my already oily skin. I sometimes need to blot my nose and forehead but that is pretty much it.

Recently I have whipped out the NIOD Photography Fluid again. This time though, I have been mixing it in with my Healthy Mix foundation to recreate a luminous, glowy concoction for my face. I do one pump of Healthy Mix, followed by one (large) drop of Photography Fluid, and then another pump of Healthy Mix and mix it together. I just love how this looks. If you want that natural lit from within glow, NIOD Photography Fluid is your guy. You can use it as a primer too, on it's own, or like I do, mixed in with my foundation. Using it on it's own first as a base, amps up the glow even more. It isn't glittery or sparkly at all, just naturally radiant on the skin.

I quite often find myself sitting thinking about how much I bloody love NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. And when I am applying it, I get the overwhelming urge to buy at least 20 back ups- you know, just incase. This concealer is hands down, the best concealer I have ever tried. I only wear it when I want something more full coverage i.e nights out or when I just have one of those days where I just want to slap as much makeup on my face as possible (we all get them.) It is so full coverage, it looks flawless. It blends beautifully over the skin, espeically with fingers then a damp sponge. Despite the combination of a high coverage formula and me generously slapping it all over my face, it never looks heavy or cakey on the skin. It sits beautifully, wears well and looks fantastic. I can't rave about this product enough. It is so worth the £22 price tag.

And last but not least, when you're done applying copious amounts of concealer, foundation and glow enhancing primer/base things to your face, you need a powder to set it all down. My favourite has to be the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder. The hype is real. I was highly skeptical of this product- £29 for a translucent powder? Yes. But oh my, is it worth it. I honestly did not think a powder- a translucent powder at that- could make this much of a difference to my makeup. I'll start of by saying it is invisible on the skin, no matter how heavily you apply it. It sets makeup in the most flawless but natural looking way and wears beautifully throughout the day. It never looks cakey on my skin, it just meshes beautifully to give a soft, natural finish. It will set down and add a slightly more matte appearance the skin but not in a way to make your makeup appear flat or dull, it almost just "blurs", to create that soft focus look.

What are your top base products? Let me know in the comments below.

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Zoe x

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